News to be excited about!

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new collaborative blog that I and 29 other amazing teacher bloggers will be bringing your way!  Classroom Tested Resources will be your go to resource for classroom tested ideas and products that will energize your classroom.  You can read all about us on our Meet the Authors page. Each of us will bring a unique voice and expertise to our posts.  Each post will be focused on bringing you fresh ideas to use in your classroom.

Classroom Tested Resources

Kicking off the launch, we are offering not just 1, but teacher swag bags valued at $100 each.  You know this swag would brighten up your classroom!  Jump over to the blog and check us out.  Be sure to enter the huge giveaway taking place! Check back daily for new posts chock full of bright ideas!

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Great News!  Announcing Ladies With Class!

Great News! Announcing Ladies With Class!

I’m excited to say that I am joining up with 8 special bloggers that will be collaborating on a new teaching blog, Ladies With Class!  I know you will enjoy reading and sharing with us as we grow a new blog full of helpful teaching tips and tools.  

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Here’s a little bit about me!


About Me Page


Everyone in this blog hop is pleased to offer you freebies and tips along the way.  Once you get through the hop you will have the opportunity to enter a rafflecopter for the chance to win a $40.00 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.  Below are links to two freebies I currently have in my store.

Forever Freebie

You can find this freebie by clicking {HERE} or the cover photo above.  It is easy to differentiate for any student in grades K – 5 and relates to the scientific process and the study of matter.  



You can grab this freebie {HERE} or by clicking the cover above.  It is a sample of a larger product and is perfect for students working on phonemic awareness or vowel sounds.  

Your next stop is The Meek Moose!  Click on the banner below to visit her awesome page!  Then be sure to enter to win the TpT gift card at the end!


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Teacher’s Pets Can Have Feathers Too!

Teacher’s Pets Can Have Feathers Too!

I am so excited to be joining up with some of my favorite blogging buddies this week. The best part of this linky is it involves my favorite topic, PETS!  I’m going to break away from the furry friends theme. I’m going to share with you the story of my awesome “once in a lifetime friend” Sylvan, the peahen.

 We had a pair of peacocks.  One laid an egg on the ground, which I found.  That was the start of Sylvan.  My husband incubated the egg and before long we had a peacock egg hatching going on.  Sylvan had a hard time breaking free.  I stayed up most of the night keeping the shell moist and praying the bird would live.  


Sylvan made it out of the shell with a little help.  She was very weak.  We discovered that peahens teach their youngsters to eat and drink, making little sounds…”weep, weep,  weep.”  Sylvan had a serious problem to top it off.  Her toes were curled and she had spraddle or splayed legs.  Luckily I had the internet.  Correcting this needs to be done the first few days following birth.  We used pipe cleaners and medical tape to brace her toes.  Bandaids and medical tape were used to pull her legs together so she could hobble around.  Amazingly the toes were corrected with a few days.  The legs we left taped longer.  Luckily our makeshift contraptions worked!





As Sylvan got bigger, and no longer needed a heat lamp, she was turned loose to sleep outside.  She spent a lot of time looking in the windows, and if you left the door open, she’d be right behind you before you knew it!   She was so easy to call using the “weep, weep” sound she heard as a young chick.   She still slept on the old shirt I gave her as a baby.
She just thought she was another one of our dogs!
One of the things we learned about peafowl, is that they are VERY curious.  Anytime someone was working, they would hang around and watch.  Especially Sylvan, since she thought she was just one of the family members.  Once we couldn’t find her, and my husband discovered she had followed some powerline workers down the road.  My husband found her standing on their truck supervising their truck repair!  
Peahens start laying eggs when they are about 2 years old.  That is how long I had my dear friend.  She went and made a nest out in the woods and one night something got her.  I know this is really sad, right!  It’s been quite a few years since this happened, or I wouldn’t be able to share my story.  I am just thankful for the time God gave us with her.




You  can find The Sweetest Fig Unit by click {HERE}.
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The Sweetest Fig Unit

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The Sweetest Fig Unit

You can find the Chicken Big Unit by clicking {HERE}.

Chicken Big Unit

Chicken Big Unit

Both of these units will be on sale for $2.00 for the next week!

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Great News and a Giveaway!

Great News and a Giveaway!

I have a very exciting announcement to make!
I have decided to team up with some of my very best second grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog!
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome Second Grade teachers!
One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out!
I’m SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let’s celebrate with a little giveaway!
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graphics courtesy of melonheadz and creative clips.

You can win my Interactive Science Unit: States of Matter!  My students loved the activities, experiments, and vocabulary posters that are part of this unit.  It includes everything you need to boost your students’ understanding of states of matter.
All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachSecond then follow the instructions on the rafflecopter posted below!

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Can’t wait to get started sharing some great Second Grade ideas with you!




Book Study: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: Chapters 1 & 2

Book Study: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: Chapters 1 & 2

I am excited to be linking up with Elizabeth from Kickin’ It In Kindergarten as part of a book study that started this week.  This wonderful gem of a book will have you shaking your head in affirmation.  It will truly help you realize you are doing things right and shouldn’t feel guilty!

Read along with us and join in the excitement.  You can grab your book on Amazon by clicking the cover below.

Part of my Masters work in Reading and Language Arts stressed providing the opportunity to allow for student talk.  This research based book confirms its importance.  The majority of the talking is done by the teacher in many classrooms.  Who’s doing all the work and thinking during this time?  

Teachers and students benefit when opportunities are provided for student led classroom discourse.  When students teach or discuss, they really have to think about the concepts, rather than simply listening or pretending to listen to the teacher.  They have to find the vocabulary to express themselves and increase the likelihood of internalizing the information.  

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Centers and games naturally lend themselves to student collaboration and discussion.  That is part of the enjoyment of the game!

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Math partners working together.  Lots of rich discussion and peer teaching!

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Student celebrations that occur without adult prompting are a joy to witness!


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I must confess I secretly harbored a little guilt doing artwork this year.  The push to get ready for state assessments is the priority.  Seamlessly combining art into my curriculum, then seeing how it enriched student understanding went a long way toward easing the guilt. Reflecting on these pictures and the book, I realize I should let that guilt take a back seat!


Math problem solving with pictures.








Fall Unit. Pumpkins and Labeling.



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Literacy Week. We decorated our door like a “READ Box.”



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Each of these opportunities for artwork in the classroom provided ways for me to differentiate and meet the needs of all of my learners.  Each student was included in the activities and they were successful, regardless of their academic levels. 

I look forward to reading chapter 3 this week.  It will be hosted by Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.



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